Definition of Armed forces

1. Noun. The military forces of a nation. "The military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Exact synonyms: Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Examples of category: Absence Without Leave, Unauthorized Absence, Pullback, Retreat, Stand-down, Standdown, Disengagement, Fallback, Pullout, Amphibious Landing, Gun, Deactivation, Inactivation, Countermarch, Fly-by, Flyover, Flypast, Sortie, Troop Movement, War Game, Militainment, Demonstration, National Service, Fatigue, Fatigue Duty, Air Cover, Military Censorship, Umbrella, Logistic Assessment, Drill, Manual, Manual Of Arms, Military Training, Basic Training, Military Drill, Close-order Drill, Square-bashing, Action, Military Action, Battle, Conflict, Engagement, Fight, Blockade, Encirclement, Defence, Defense, Defensive Measure, Electronic Warfare, Ew, Military Operation, Operation, Combined Operation, Police Action, Resistance, Maneuver, Manoeuvre, Simulated Military Operation, Armed Combat, Combat, Campaign, Military Campaign, Expedition, Hostile Expedition, Military Expedition, Military Mission, Mission, Sally, Sortie, Reenforcement, Reinforcement, Support, Attack, Onrush, Onset, Onslaught, War, Warfare, Assault, Blitz, Blitzkrieg, Infiltration, Peacekeeping, Peacekeeping Mission, Peacekeeping Operation, Amphibious Operation, Psychological Operation, Psyop, Muster Call, Military Ceremony, Beleaguering, Besieging, Military Blockade, Siege, Nuclear Deterrence, Countermine, Military Control, Occupation, Conscription, Draft, Muster, Selective Service, Court-martial, Logistic Assistance, Logistic Support, Inter-service Support, Air Base, Air Station, Armament, Armored Car, Armoured Car, Apc, Armored Personnel Carrier, Armoured Personnel Carrier, Armory, Armoury, Arsenal, Assault Gun, Assault Rifle, Attack Submarine, B-52, Barrack, Base, Base Of Operations, Battle Dress, Billet, Bomber, Boot Camp, Caisson, Bivouac, Camp, Cantonment, Encampment, Command Post, General Headquarters, Ghq, Commissary, Aid Station, Dressing Station, Dress Uniform, Emplacement, Fatigues, Field Hospital, Attack Aircraft, Fighter, Fighter Aircraft, Fire Control Radar, Fire Control System, Full-dress Uniform, Fort, Garrison, Gas Shell, Guardhouse, Gun Room, Half Track, Hardware, Headquarters, Hq, Military Headquarters, Hospital Train, Army Hut, Field Hut, Hut, Hutment, Latrine, Equipage, Materiel, Mess, Mess Hall, Military Hospital, Military Installation, Military Post, Post, Military Quarters, Military Uniform, Military Vehicle, Minute Gun, Naval Installation, Shore Station, Naval Shipyard, Navy Yard, Olive Drab, Olive-drab Uniform, Outpost, Personnel Carrier, Picket, Platform, Weapons Platform, Quartering, Reconnaissance Plane, Reconnaissance Vehicle, Scout Car, Redoubt, Regimentals, Rocket Base, Silo, Smoke Screen, Smokescreen, Precision Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Armored Combat Vehicle, Armoured Combat Vehicle, Army Tank, Tank, Transport Ship, Troop Carrier, Troop Transport, Wardroom, Military Plane, Warplane, Combat Ship, War Vessel, Warship, W.m.d., Weapon Of Mass Destruction, Wmd, Weapons Carrier, Sea Power, Attention, Military Capability, Military Posture, Military Strength, Posture, Strength, Firepower, Generalship, Military Science, Tactics, Strategy, Commission, Military Commission, Muster Roll, Military Greeting, Salute, Military Intelligence, Liberty Chit, Pass, Lights-out, Taps, Reveille, Wake-up Signal, Retreat, Retreat, Drumbeat, Tattoo, Insignia Of Rank, Order, Call Up, Briefing, Strategic Warning, Tactical Warning, Warning Of Attack, Warning Of War, Chevron, Grade Insignia, Stripe, Stripes, Stripe, Damage, Equipment Casualty, Battle Damage, Combat Casualty, Operational Casualty, Operational Damage, Casualty, Combat Injury, Injury, Wound, Loss, Personnel Casualty, Collateral Damage, Military Ceremony, Trip Wire, Joint Chiefs, Joint Chiefs Of Staff, Command, Task Force, Army Unit, Army, Ground Forces, Regular Army, Naval Unit, Naval Forces, Navy, Coastguard, Marines, Air Unit, Air Force, Airforce, Armor, Armour, Armed Service, Military Service, Service, Force, Military Force, Military Group, Military Unit, Military Reserve, Reserve, Pentagon, Military Police, Mp, Shore Patrol, Company, Platoon, Rearguard, Wing, Echelon, Phalanx, Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Drumhead Court-martial, Court-martial, Military Court, Provost Court, Defense Intelligence Agency, Dia, Artillery, Artillery Unit, Musketry, Battery, Cavalry, Horse Cavalry, Mechanized Cavalry, Foot, Infantry, Paratroops, Militia, Reserves, Militia, Home Guard, Territorial, Territorial Reserve, Home Reserve, National Guard, Standing Army, Army, U. S. 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Specialized synonyms: Military Reserve, Reserve
Generic synonyms: Force, Personnel
Member holonyms: Cadre, Medic, Medical Officer
Derivative terms: Militarise, Militaristic, Militarize

Definition of Armed forces

1. Noun. The military forces of a nation, such as the army, navy, air force, marines and, sometimes, coast or border guards. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Armed Forces

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Literary usage of Armed forces

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1906)
"... and its place is taken by the rule that irregulars enjoy the privileges due to members of the armed forces of the belligerents, although they do not act ..."

2. International Law Documents by Naval War College (U.S.) (1904)
"In addition to the armed forces duly constituted for land warfare, the following are recognized as armed forces of the State: (1) The officers and men of ..."

3. El Salvador at War: An Oral History of Conflict from the 1979 Insurrection edited by Max G. Manwaring, Court Prisk (1995)
"Recognizing the Need for Change Colonel Rene Emilio Ponce—We understand the function of the armed forces in a democratic society is to provide support in ..."

4. China at the Conference: A Report by Westel W[oodbury] Willoughby (1922)
"Resolution Regarding armed forces in China WHEREAS, The Powers have from time to time stationed armed forces, including police and railway guards, ..."

5. History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1656 by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1903)
"The question of the armed forces, however, bristled with difficulties. The Instrument had left their control in the intervals ..."

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